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Three Sentencings

Timothy Abshire was held to answer and bound over for trial on three felony counts last week, the most prominent being count one, the attempted murder of a police officer.…

The Charmer

The Charmer

The suave, ineffable James Perkins bowed out last week. Took his leave, as it were, from his lovely wife and beloved hometown of Ukiah. Went on a kind of sabbatical,…

Family Feud, Covelo Style

A family feud in Covelo is no hokey-jokey television show, friends. Covelo people have been killed in feuds that have gone on for generations, some of them inside families. Last…

Bicycle Roulette

Gabriel Ray is the man accused of “mowing down” five bicyclists on Old River Road near Hopland last January 30th. The 18-year old has been charged with five counts of…

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

With our overpowering popular culture a death mix of pornography and homicidal recommendations set to music, it's no surprise that profanity now characterizes much of the formal testimony in the…

Terror In the Vineyard

Terror In the Vineyard

The Piffero Vineyard was the scene of a benign birthday party that ended unbenignly with the police shooting of Timothy Abshire. On the afternoon of Last November 15th last year,…

Doorstep Dog Poop and a Hernia the Size of a Volleyball

On September 1st of last year, Ukiah Police Officer Isabel Madrigal was dispatched to the laundromat in the 500 block of North State Street where she'd been summoned by Mr.…

Even In the Courtroom…

Even In the Courtroom…

Darrell Elrod and Ms. Markien Willburn came to court tweaked last Thursday to argue that they were not tweaking last winter when Officer Cody Mason pulled them over in Willits…

Verily, Verily Veri-Trax

It was all circumstantial evidence, this cold case from three years ago. The matter had been set aside and apparently forgotten. The victim was an illegal alien, the alleged perp…

Eyster v. Ten Pounds In a Midnight Yukon

Pulled over and asked to step out of the car. Spread-eagled against the vehicle. First, one arm and then the other pulled behind you as you're snapped into the handcuffs.…

Who You Callin’ a Dirt Bag?

Last week the mainstream media's echo chamber reverberated with a story out of Oklahoma about an elderly white volunteer cop who shot a black man down. The geriatric law enforcer…

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